2. the avoidance of familiarity;>
Measure a Mile, 2010
On a block of soapstone; broken, cut, and sanded to size, the definition(s) of ‘distance’ (both literal and figurative) are displayed across the edge of the stone. Herein the work becomes contextualized as it is based around the figurative ideas of both a ‘milestone’ and a ‘cornerstone’.
Prompt: Map a Journey, A “Walk” Through the City, 2010
In response to this, I placed several personal belongings in the entrance/exit of a East Village subway station. In placing my own clothing, a personal and vulnerable act, on the ground and at the mercy/ dispense of those passing by, I make an offering of sorts. I come into contact with and slightly permeate the paths or ‘journeys’ of those who come into contact with my personal items, therein, we become associated.
Foundation 2DD Final, 2010
Photographs by my friend, John-Elio Reitman;
Prompt: Fashion Meets Architecture; Performative Moment Where Outfit Becomes a Shelter, 2010
I responded to this prompt with a performance piece, I made a ‘dress’ out of 35 feet of chiffon fabric, as well as creating a metal pack which can be worn on the back. The metal pack is both expandable and collapsable, with a handle on the interior of the pack.
There were three main elements to this piece: the fabric (to exude softness), the metal pack (means of defense/shelter), and the white flour which served as a ‘defense mechanism’- where one dwells/ as well as the tool to which one can both accept others, reject them, or defend themselves.
This performance was done in light-specific surroundings alongside Iannis Xenakis’s “Polytope De Cluny” playing on surround sound.
Social Mechanism, 2010
3DD Prompt: Window, 2009
In response to this prompt I created a “window of opportunity” through a series of implications.
Next to an actual window, I placed an image of that window, then the definition of ‘opportunity’, and lastly, a clock.
2DD Prompt: Map a Journey, 2010
In response to this question I mapped my will power for a week. I used an antique chain and pegged it at significant points and labeled those points. The Key of the map displays the proper way to read it.
“And Within These, We Are Associated”, solo exhibition at the Black Box Theatre in Norfolk, VA, 2009
“Not External, Simply Thermal”, Documentary of Installation, 2009
This fireplace, made by hand, has a mantle built on an axis, and a pneumatic pump switch attached on its side. A wall was crafted behind the fireplace and a hollow wax “moose head” placed on it, with an inflatable moose head inside of it. A metal barrel was cut in half and placed within the fireplace to withstand open flame. A fire was started within the fireplace, the heat from it (aided by industrial heaters on either side) slowly melted the wax moose head, the wax slowly dripping on the mantle accumulated enough for the mantle to tip which sets off the pneumatic pump on the side of the fireplace.
As the pump is connected to the inflatable moose head within the wax structure, as the pump is set off, the inflatable moose head begins to inflate soon breaking up the wax structure and continuing to inflate, until it itself meets doom.
Mixed media paintings and drawings completed in high school, The Governor’s School for the Arts